Last minute teacher idea

Happy Memorial Day! As this weekend comes to and end I wanted to share with you a last minute teacher gift that I designed. I saw similar things online and decided to try making it. IMG_3195 Materials

Outdoor vinyl

Indoor vinyl

Clear Transfer tape

2X Rustoleum Spray paint


KNK Maxx 15″

Red capped blade

40 force

400 speed

It was very easy to do. I copied an apple shape from online and pasted it into KNK Studio. I then typed each name in the font I wanted. I believe the font I used is HERALD. I then placed names around the outline of the apple and used Transform, fit text to arc to curve each  name to fit the silhouette. Once the outline was filled with names I randomly filled the apple with the remainder of the names. The Teachers name and the grade were made to fit into the leaf and stem. I cut the names from outdoor vinyl, I think it sticks to wood better. Because I only had the green and brown in indoor vinyl I used that for the leaf and the stem. I had no problem applying them to the wood.

I once again bought wood at Home Depot, 24×12 and had them cut it into 12×12 pieces. I lightly sanded the wood, wiped it down, and then spray painted the wood using the Rustoleum 2X. It is available ay most Wal Marts, Home Depot, etc and is about $4 a can. One can paints a lot of boards. It is a “powdery paint”. Try iy and you will know what I mean. :~)  Once it is painted I let it sit for 24 hours. This part kills me, I do not like waiting, so I generally paint a few at a time so I have some ready to go when I need the. After 24 hours I use my fine sanding block and lightly sand it and then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust. I then used my clear transfer tape to lift the vinyl from the backing and apply it to the wood. I think it took me about 1/2 hour to design it, cut it, and apply it. So if your kids are still in school and you want to make something special, this was a fun, easy project.

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4 thoughts on “Last minute teacher idea

  1. What a great idea, Nancy!! What teacher wouldn’t love this as a reminder of her class. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a beautiful project and awesome idea for a teacher gift, my daughter is a teacher, she would love this! ~Diane

  3. Thanks Judy! When I made one for my grandsons teacher I made sure his name was just a tad bigger. :~)

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